We Have The Victory

28.10.2019

 

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Chris
1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV

Affirming and realizing the truth of Christ's victory over sin and the devil is a fundamental passage for living under the banner of the Gospel. In the death and resurrection of Christ every believer has been enlivened with Him and is now seated with Him in the heavenly places, as written to the Ephesians. Unfortunately some perpetually struggle against areas of slavery because they have never been able to clearly discover who they are "in Christ" and the value of Jesus' sacrifice. Ben exhorted the apostle Paul in what is known as "hymn of victory": "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37). Although aware of the constant nearness of death, and that we are living a transitory journey towards eternity, it is sometimes difficult to have our eyes on the "final prize". Victory is always the result of a struggle, and there are still battles to be fought! Strange as it may seem, we sometimes have the ability to limit the action of the Spirit in our lives so that He cannot accomplish what He wants, leaving us overcome by discouragement. Here then is that in some circumstances it is appropriate to resist "steadfast in the faith" (1Peter 5:9).

You will probably be going through difficult situations for various reasons, and from your heart surrounded by ties, assailed by harshness and reached by pain, a cry rises like that of the psalmist: "O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!" (Psalm 116:4) . Whatever the situation of turmoil and anguish, the certainty of the work accomplished by Christ leads us to a trusting prayer of a supernatural intervention, because God has the ear aimed at our listening. He is not deaf to those who turn to him. For this reason, whatever the circumstance may be, even when the extent of the pain seems to overwhelm you, let a voice rise trustingly from your heart: "Lord, deliver me". Scripture clearly testifies that God is merciful, compassionate and just, and does not extinguish the smoking wick. He will not remain indifferent to your situation. May this meditation be a torch of hope and encouragement for every believer who, in every time and place, finds himself experiencing evil in every form it presents itself.

Jesus warned the disciples against persecution against them, given that in the face of the persecutions that would have struck them it would have been possible to yield to fear and discouragement. He himself assured them and us: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Our security does not lie in trying to protect ourselves from the dangers that threaten our faith, but in having confidence in Christ's victory that gives us peace, courage and audacity, allowing us to face even the toughest trials. "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37). This may appear to be conceit, but in faith there is no conceit. What good is it to implore from God something that we already have in Christ Jesus? Let us make His victory our own and proclaim it!

Devotional 44/2019
Weekly Bible reading plan

October 28 Jeremiah 15-17; 2 Timothy 2
October 29 Jeremiah 18-19; 2 Timothy 3
October 30 Jeremiah 20-21; 2 Timothy 4
October 31 Jeremiah 22-23; Tito 1
November 01 Jeremiah 24-26; Tito 2
November 02 Jeremiah 27-29; Tito 3
November 03 Jeremiah 30-31; Philemon

To remeber
October 28, 312 in Ponte Milvio the history of Christians changes with the victory of Constantine over Maxentius.
The 31th October 1517 gave many evangelical believers the memory of a beginning, the spark of protest, when the Saxon monk Luther with the gesture of posting the 95 theses on the door of the cathedral of Wittenberg that gave "fire" to the Reformation.

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